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I Miss You (take two!)



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This is the re-worked version of "I Miss You." I took a nibble out of everyone's amazing advice, rolled it around in my mouth, tasted it... yum! And here is this outcome. I think it's almost done. I still think it needs a bridge, but I like the unconventionality of the song without it. I don't know, I sure don't want to sacrifice quality just to be different.
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Stacey K. Black

left my face inside your mirror
for you to look at every day
but you gazed past me to see clearer
inside your own tirade

left my love in a cup of tea
for you to taste every day
but you mistook it for dignity
and threw it down the drain

I understand
it's the only defense you can use
do you understand
how intensely I miss you?

left my heart hanging on your bedpost
to remind you of our mornings and nights
but you turned away from what meant the most
and chose flight over fight

left some strength for you to borrow
when you're feeling kinda weak
but you'd rather take the easy road
and watch me as I leave

I understand
it's the only defense you can use
do you understand
how intensely I miss you?

left my face inside your mirror
left my heart in a cup of tea
guess it's natural for me to wonder
do you miss me?
do you miss me?
do you miss me?
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Uploaded: Mar 22, 2007 - 01:50:37 PM
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2007 - 01:50:37 PM Last Played: Jun 26, 2019 - 04:56:37 PM
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Scott Carmichael said 4597 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
really incredible...
these touches really bring the song home... I knew these lyrics were worth mulling over and digesting... excellent writing and delivery... very pro... you've really captured the subject and so eloquently layed your heart out for the listener... I don't see how this could be much better
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damiengh said 4597 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
Whoa. Took me off guard, it did. Beautiful.
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TobinMueller said 4597 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
Delicate loss, almost without nostalgia
Wonderfully delicate presentation of a quality song. Your vocals are fantastic, strength in simplicity (which gives your voice a cleansing innocence), and your guitar playing competent and create a wonderful setting. The synth is thin and kind of cheap sounding, like a demo sound that you expect to replace with something else later. The wandering backing vocals, set on a timed pan, is a tad gimmicky, not really in the spirit of the simplicity of the track. Consider redoing the track, keep your backing vocals in one place, and using either an electric piano or some other synth sound that has more stereo depth and can add to the atmosphere instead of lay flat in the back. Beautiful song expertly recorded, honestly and soulfully sung.
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Alannah said 4597 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL .....
... you have got what I refer to as "one of the cleanest" vocals out there .... every lyric perfectly clear and uncluttered .... one of these days you gotta tell me what settings you use on your vocals ... to get such a crisp sound ... that being said ... beautiful beautiful voice.
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stacey said 4596 days ago (March 23rd, 2007)
Thanks for the great comments! As for my vocals, I use a good microphone (audiotechnica, but I don't know what the model is sorry!), it's one of the floating kind, a compressor mic with phantom power. I love it. And, I run it through a Boss recorder first, with the vocal effects set to Compresser 2, then through an interface, and into my Mac computer. On GarageBand, I use the Live Performance vocal setting. And that's it!

Hope this helps! I'm going to listen to your stuff now.

Thanks again,
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said 4596 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
very cool
Exceellent playing and singing
Youra said 4596 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
What a voice !
Beautiful. Guitar is perfect, much better than previously. Great song. _loaded, this time.
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bug67 said 4596 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
Very nice
You have the best voice ever! Prefer the cleaner guitar as well. Great job!

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perceptualvortex said 4596 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
It's still a great song, and the mix does sound better now! Nice work.
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J.A.Stewart said 4596 days ago (March 22nd, 2007)
Lovely Redux
Nicely done, Stacey.

Yes, the strings would benefit from an upgrade, but any producer worth his salt would take care of that.

It's your voice and emotion that *make* this tune. The rest is just window dressing.
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ValleyPastor said 4595 days ago (March 23rd, 2007)
Beautiful voice, lushious harmony, sweet guitar, super production. interesting writing. What more could one desire? Thanks for posting.
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Ed Hannifin said 4595 days ago (March 24th, 2007)
That's it!
Stacey, it all starts with the song, and your instincts as a songwriter are really strong... This song is perfect... Terrific lyrics and melody...

After the song, I think the thing that puts a song across is the vocal, and here again, you've sung the song perfectly... I still hear Testimony-era Ferron in there, and that, to me, is still a compliment... The total delivery is right up there with 'Ain't Life A Brook', which is about as good a sung as was ever sung...

The guitar is dramatically improved, and the recording all around sounds clear and warm...

I usually listen over headphones, as so many people do these days, and I might be inclined to agree with Tobin's comments regarding panning and the synth if I was listening that way, but I'm listening over my monitors today, and this sounds very strong over speakers...

Really, Stacey, you can take this song as far as you want to go. This is a deep, human, fully artistic song that is also a completely professional songwriting effort. One of the best songs I've heard on MacJams...

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digitalnirvana9 said 4595 days ago (March 24th, 2007)
Ready for Prime Time
This is right up there with some of the best female vocal music out there these days. The mixing in the vocals is even better than usual. Be sure to memorize those settings.
Way to go girl!
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jiguma said 4594 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
This is really exceptional Stacey (as people have already said). It seemed to be very soft at the start, and then I realised that I was using "soft" rather than "delicate" - it's a lovely, delicate piece indeed. To me there is very little in this that I would change - I'm listening on 'phones, and the movement in the harmony track is maybe just a little too pronounced rather than just not a good idea - maybe if you limited the "wandering" a little more. The synth string sound certainly doesn't sit with the class of the rest of the track (performance, production etc) - if you were looking at taking this further, maybe some refinement of that sound would be worthwhile. Having said my bit about the (extremely minor) nits, I also have to agree with Ed (again!) that this is among the better MJ tunes I've heard - certainly this year. Well done!
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thoddi said 4594 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
I missed you
I've missed out on you Stacey. My loss. But better late than sorry:) You've been fan'ed!

This tune is peaceful and a pure beauty and it works very well as you've arranged it. I'm with Tobin on the string/synth though...

I like to try out different styles on my own tunes to see how they work with simple arrangements like this, and then I'll crank up the electric guitar and bass and drums and the works to see how it turns out with a fuller arrangement:) Could be interesting to hear this one with a more band like arrangement...
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kristyjo said 4593 days ago (March 25th, 2007)
Beautifully sung!
The lyrics are really well done - for me, they strike a balance between obvious & obscure that's perfect. I agree that the vocals are just THERE! beautifully balanced and clean, precisely tuned and just enough fuzz in the focus to give it a wistful quality. The guitar is very nice, too. The string synth sound is - well - a synth sound, but is so far back in the mix, that I just kind of ignore it, because I'm busy listening to your voice. I'm sure a producer would have something to say, but for me, it doesn't detract from the obvious quality of your vocal delivery.
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said 4593 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
such a crisp, clear, clean song. very soulfully sung.
so much emotion put into it! i found it by browsing the "ratings picks", am i ever glad i did! such a unique vocal style, you sound like you, not someone else! thanks for posting it so i can hear it!
said 4593 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Delicate hurting
Ed_Moran said 4592 days ago (March 26th, 2007)
Sounds great to me. Not much I would change. I agree with Neil the only Minor (and I do mean minor that I would consider is a synth string part that sounds to pronounced. Other than that Bravo.

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lavalamp said 4592 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Great singing
Great singing and background vocals. But, I'm sure you're more concerned about the song which is well crafted and pro-quality. I think you're outstanding writer. I'd like to check out more of your stuff.
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guitapick said 4592 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
...simply beautiful. Nice sparing use of instrumentation allows the lyrics and guitar to shine through.
I've been here before. It's very a very painful situation.
This is masterful.
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Jim Bouchard said 4592 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
I liked the first version
and I like that you can take advice too! This is great! The string part needs some work, and that's probably next on the list, but this version is a big improvement to an already great song. I like the simplicity of this though, and I wouldn't want to hear too big an arrangement for such an intimate emotion. Small touches is all it needs. Restraint is sometimes quite effective, and for that reason I don't think it needs a bridge, really. imho. Really nice!
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scratch_harris said 4591 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
and deservedly topping the charts. That lady has a gorgeous voice. If I had one caveat it's the rather uninspired keyboards. It's good that you don't overwhelm the vocals but it's a little anaemic......
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I. Spike said 4591 days ago (March 27th, 2007)
Very nice...
I love the little backing vocal you slip in.
Harmonies are great.
You have a wonderful tone and texture, not to mention your sense of pitch is spot on.
Really heart felt, beautiful song.
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stacey said 4590 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
Thank you so much
I can't thank you all enough. Really. I'm touched and very appreciative of your comments and support.

Thanks again,
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***itiswotitis*** said 4590 days ago (March 29th, 2007)
that says it all
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Scott Carmichael said 4589 days ago (March 30th, 2007)
Hey Stacey
I have great respect for you... you're so very artistic... last night I almost called you to my new post "Sleep" and decided to let it ride... but I did come back here to drink this in again... i just wanted to tell you I place a high premium on the writing... and your whole song is killer... but that 1st verse is textbook... it's school for those of us who would learn
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ledebutant said 4588 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
Seeing you online just now, made me remember that I've been trying to figure out what to say to you about this song that I've probably listened to thirty times since you posted it.

I really think you've set the bar now for this type of music, writing and performance, especially.

It's a pretty overwhelming song, emotionally and incredibly touching. Thank you SO much for opening yourself up like this. It's wondeful.
Mystified said 4587 days ago (March 31st, 2007)
absolutely gorgeous....
Everything about it.
The guitar...the words, the notes and the voice that sings them.

Heartbreaking. Touching. Honest.

Wow :)
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stacey said 4586 days ago (April 2nd, 2007)
Thank you again!
I never cease to be amazed at the outpouring of support on this website. Thank you all so much!

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said 4582 days ago (April 5th, 2007)
i just lucked upon this tune, and i am definately the lucky one here...
your voice is perfection. i can only aspire to achieve your subtle nuances vocally...
i got a really dog and butterfly vibe from this, yet more nancy wilson than ann... muy smooth. thank you for writing this and sharing it with the world.
bronco said 4575 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
I won't waste time or mince words. You probably have the best voice on Macjams. You have the range, control and dynamics to sing just abou anything you want to. That sums it up!
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thetiler said 4526 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
Heard "I Miss You" on MJ radio.


Way to go. Nice sounds, singin and the works.
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breezer said 4428 days ago (September 7th, 2007)
Beautiful work. Keep them coming!
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timothy devine said 4403 days ago (October 2nd, 2007)
great find
I came over from the forum "plug another artist"
a cool thread
ledebutant gave you a plug.
This tune is recorded like a pro.
The vocal is so clear and performed beautifully. The harmonies meld together, and the counter melodies climb the tune to another level.
a work of art!

I don't miss a bridge at all
you new fan
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Soundhound said 4248 days ago (March 4th, 2008)
And I don't say that lightly....
The timber of you voice has all the niceties of a PRO...
You have a voice the rest of the world needs to hear.
Your writing is so simple you can see the truth in it, meaning
there are no 25 cent words that confuse the listener, distract
You got me..... I'll be checking all your stuff out.

I......... Really.....LIKE IT.........
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screamalexz said 4222 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
this version is sounding really good. add of a second vocal track sounds great. the lyrics are amazing i love the imagery it brings. "left my face inside your mirror, left my heart in a cup of tear" that's just simply brilliant artistically. right when i was gonna comment something coming in like chords to build power it happened so yay. i could hear a piano on this. i rather like this song.
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davisamerica said 4219 days ago (April 3rd, 2008)
out of conflicts
discoveries are made ... thanks to a wacky thread i found your music ... well that's cool... this is a great tune and your voice is amazing
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said 4161 days ago (May 31st, 2008)
Another great song from you my friend, kudos for everything here... Amazing!

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